Retreat Host Guide

Host Your Retreat at Kalani

Kalani Honua, founded in 1975, means ‘harmony of heaven and earth,’ and our mission is to create transformational experiences via nature, wellness and meaningful cultural exchange. We are guided by our name and our mission to provide a nourishing retreat environment where empowered learning, connection, and personal evolution are available to all.

Kalani Honua is Hawaii’s largest retreat center and residential community, with a history of hosting retreat groups since the early eighties. Our remote location along the Puna Coast of East Hawaii is ideal for disconnecting from the cacophony of modern life and living in harmony with nature. Our simple, rustic accommodations are nestled among native flora with views of tropical jungle or pastoral vistas, and visitors may encounter geckos, mongoose, spiders, cats – even feral pigs – as they experience our campus.

Getting to Know Us

Our visitor video will help orient you to our facility and services, and the Discover Kalani video previews the unparalleled beauty of the Puna coastline, offering aerial views of our campus. Check our Frequently Asked Questions page or our Campus Map for more detailed and practical information.

Some aspects of our operation are unique to our environment. We experience more than 70 inches of rainfall each year, and the tropical rains are sometimes accompanied by thunder and lightning. As a means to protect our utility infrastructure, we may temporarily shut down power. It doesn’t happen often, and visitors are provided as much advance notice as possible.

Connectivity is important, and we also hope our guests will take the chance to disconnect while at Kalani Honua. While WiFi is accessible in select locations and most rooms have limited WiFi connectivity, our jungle environment can be unpredictable and WiFi may become unavailable. Live streaming can also be unreliable, and we recommend facilitators download media for use during retreat sessions.

Guest Videos

Facilitator Resources

Retreat Support

The Retreats & Programs team will guide you through the retreat hosting process – from reservation to registration, planning and execution. We will check in with you along the way to ensure you have the tools you need, and will meet with you when you arrive on campus to confirm we are all set to support your retreat operation. We will also deliver an orientation to your participants and answer any questions they may have about staying at Kalani Honua. While on campus, you can count on us – and our volunteer and staff teams – to support you and your participants throughout your experience.

Retreat Promotion

Your retreat will be listed on Kalani.com and may be promoted via our monthly e-newsletter. We will also support your social media promotion when possible. It is incumbent upon the retreat facilitator to drive all marketing activities for the retreat and to contact Kalani Honua retreat staff for more information about social media promotion.

Retreat Rates

Retreat rates at Kalani Honua are all inclusive and cover lodging, three meals daily on our open-air dining lanai, and access to all amenities including our clothing-optional 25-meter pool and hot tubs. Retreat rates may not be decoupled.

Retreat fees are available to groups of ten or more participants and require a minimum duration of three nights. Per person, per night participant rates are as follows, and are available for early arrivals and extended stays:

Lodging TypeSingle OccupancyDouble OccupancyTriple Occupancy
Cottage$296$191$141
Tree House Room$221$156$131
Loft Room$221$156-
Bungalow$201$141-
Lodge Room$181$131$111
Lodge Room (Shared Bath)$141$105$95
Facilitator Rate$89/night (one facilitator rate available per ten participants)
Commuter$75 daily
Kama'aina Commuter*$42 daily
Children (ages 6-12)**$28 daily
Offsite Babysitter***$42 daily

*Kama’aina rates require presentation of a Hawai’i driver license or state issued ID upon check-in.
**Adults accompanied by children will be charged single occupancy rates; children will occupy the standard bed arrangement in the chosen lodging. Supplemental furniture cannot be added to rooms.
***Rate applies to a daytime babysitter coming to Kalani to care for a retreat participant’s child(ren) during retreat activities.

Retreat Studios

Yoga class in the rainbow room

A practice space is provided free of charge with your retreat reservation. Studios are assigned based on retreat size and activity type. Kalani Honua provides a number of items free of charge for studio set-up, including yoga props, basic sound system, seating, tables, and white boards. Additional items, like flower arrangements, projector, massage tables, candles, and others can be provided for a fee.
Please note that Kalani Honua operates with some sound restrictions, including daytime noise level limits and quiet hours between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.

Hale Studios

Our two Hale Lodges (pronounced Ha’-lay, Hawaiian for “house” or “lodge”), have a screened meeting space on the second floor with a 900-1,000 square-foot hardwood floor. These studios seat up to 40 people for lectures, or accommodate approximately 18 people for yoga or movement practice.

Rainbow Room

The Rainbow Room offers a total of 3,200 square feet, with a 1,620 square-foot suspended wood floor (27′ x 60′). Three all-screen walls allow plenty of airflow and natural light. This space is perfect for large group activities like yoga, dance or music performance. Attached is an open air, unisex restroom facility, complete with 4 toilet stalls, 4 shower stalls, and a water fountain. Restroom facility is shared by Kalani Honua staff and guests.

Ocean Vista Studio

The Ocean Vista studio is the heart of a cluster of cottages on the southwest end of our campus. Ocean Vista is a ten-minute walk from central campus and affords ocean views from the studio. Large windows invite natural light and ocean breezes, and the floor measures 600square feet. The Ocean Vista Studio seats up to 30 for lectures, or accommodates approximately 16 people for yoga or movement practice.

Outside of the Studio

Kalani Activities

Facilitators are invited to incorporate Kalani Honua Community Arts classes and special events into their retreat schedule. Hawaiian culture classes are provided free of charge or by donation, and other classes – like yoga, meditation, and farmer’s market outings – are fee based.

We also invite facilitators to leave space in their schedule for participants to enjoy our campus and amenities, including wellness treatments provided by gifted therapists. We offer land-based bodywork, acupuncture, energy work, and other modalities. Many visitors take advantage of our aquatic bodywork and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi offerings – highly unique and healing experiences.

Island Adventures

Hawaii Island’s beauty is extraordinary, and our remote location on the rugged Puna coast is largely undeveloped. Nature and adventure lovers will find themselves at home at Kalani Honua, hiking at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or snorkeling in nearby tide pools. Opportunities for exploration and discovery abound on Hawaii Island, and we will gladly connect you with a local tour operator who can help you plan your group adventure.

We can also introduce facilitators to Hawaiian culture practitioners who may provide lectures, classes or opening and closing blessings for your retreat.

Transportation

Hilo International Airport (ITO) is the closest airport to Kalani Honua, located 35 miles away (about a 60-minute drive). Hawaiian Airlines offers many flights daily from Honolulu and other airports throughout the islands. United Airlines offers the most direct flights to Hilo from the mainland. Many visitors opt to book a connection through Honolulu International Airport (HNL) via Hawaiian Airlines.

Kalani offers shuttle service from Hilo International Airport (ITO), which can be arranged via Kalani Guest Services, [email protected] or 808-965-0468. Please send flight details with your shuttle request. We also pick-up from the downtown Hilo bus station and hotels. Shuttle service is subject to availability; one-way pricing is $50 per person for shared rides, and $75 per person for single bookings.

Taxi service is available from ITO or Hilo downtown for a one-way fare of approximately $125. Rideshare is not yet common on Hawaii Island.

Retreat Proposal Form

  • Include for whom the retreat is designed, what participants will experience, and why they will want to participate.
  • Please note a minimum of ten and maximum of 75 participants.
  • Please discuss the channels you will market through. (ex. social media, personal website, printed media, etc)
  • Kalani Honua operates with some sound restrictions; including daytime noise level limits and quiet hours between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am.
  • Minimum booking for retreats is three nights. Check-in on day one is at 4:00 pm; check-out on last day is at 11:00 am.
  • Mahalo for your proposal, we look forward to connecting with you!

    Kalani Honua Retreat Staff